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Washington, DC Interviews

The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Washington, DC.

Theatre Life with Ivania Stack Interview Theatre Life with Ivania Stack
by Elliot Lanes - May 24, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Ivania Stack is currently living her theatre life as the costume designer for There’s Always the Hudson at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The production runs through June fifth....
Theatre Life with Andrew Lippa Interview Theatre Life with Andrew Lippa
by Elliot Lanes - May 23, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Andrew Lippa is an award-winning composer/lyricist whose work spans all forms of music. On June fourth the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will present Lippa’s Unbreakable for two performances only at 3:00 and 8:00pm. The event will be performed at The Lincoln Theatre....
Theatre Life with Schele Williams Interview Theatre Life with Schele Williams
by Elliot Lanes - May 17, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Schele Williams is currently living her Theatre Life as the director of the World Premiere TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) production Show Way The Musical now running in the Family Theater at Kennedy Center through May 29th....
Theatre Life with Michael John LaChiusa Interview Theatre Life with Michael John LaChiusa
by Elliot Lanes - May 05, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Michael John LaChuisa is currently living his theatre life as the composer for the upcoming production of Our Town at Shakespeare Theatre Company. The production runs May 12th through June 11th in STC’s Sidney Harman Hall and features (wait for it) a FULL cast of DC performers....
Theatre Life with Anne Runolfsson and Tess Adams Interview Theatre Life with Anne Runolfsson and Tess Adams
by Elliot Lanes - April 28, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subjects Anne Runolfsson and Tess Adams are currently living their theatre lives performing in their mother/daughter self-created show about the ups and downs of being in show business entitled The Story Goes On. You can see these crazily talented ladies in action April 29th at the New Spire...
Theatre Life with Bobby Smith Interview Theatre Life with Bobby Smith
by Elliot Lanes - March 15, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Bobby Smith is a prime example of someone living his theatre life to the fullest. Currently he is performing in Signature Theatre’s excellent production of She Loves Me as parfumerie clerk Ladislav Sipos. The production runs through April 24th in Signature's MAX space....
Theatre Life with Michael Rothhaar Interview Theatre Life with Michael Rothhaar
by Elliot Lanes - March 03, 2022, Washington, DC

DC’S little jewel of a theatre company Washington Stage Guild (WSG) was built on producing the works of George Bernard Shaw. In its long and distinguished history of producing high quality theatre the company has produced over thirty productions of Shaw’s work....
 Theatre Life with Aaron LaVigne Interview Theatre Life with Aaron LaVigne
by Elliot Lanes - February 23, 2022, Washington, DC

You know how many people in the performing arts think of themselves as Christlike or just consider themselves GOD? Today's subject Aaron LaVigne can actually get away with it because he is currently living his theatre life on tour playing the world's most famous carpenter Jesus in the North American...
Theatre Life with Luz Nicolas 
Entrevista de BWW: “Vida Teatral” con Luz Nicolás Interview Theatre Life with Luz Nicolas Entrevista de BWW: “Vida Teatral” con Luz Nicolás
by Elliot Lanes - February 16, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Luz Nicolas is currently living her theatre life onstage at GALA Hispanic Theatre in the World Premiere production of La Casa De La Laguna (The House on The Lagoon) where she once again is demonstrating her fierceness as one of the area’s best performers. The production runs through ...
Theatre Life with Yesenia Iglesias Interview Theatre Life with Yesenia Iglesias
by Elliot Lanes - February 09, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Yesenia Iglesias is currently living her theatre life onstage at Signature Theatre in Daphne’s Dive which runs through March 20th in the ARK space. Last time Yesenia performed at Signature, she was getting beat up and bludgeoned to death in Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible He...
Theatre Life with Doug Besterman Interview Theatre Life with Doug Besterman
by Elliot Lanes - February 07, 2022, Washington, DC

Anyone that has read my reviews or columns over the years knows that I always pay attention to the orchestrations and orchestrator of any given musical. Let’s face it, without the orchestrator, the score is only a piano. Today’s subject Doug Besterman has been living his theatre life for many yea...
Theatre Life with Vernard J. Gilmore Interview Theatre Life with Vernard J. Gilmore
by Elliot Lanes - February 01, 2022, Washington, DC

There is almost nothing consistent anymore in life with the current state of affairs but when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to town, things almost feel normal again. The company will be performing in the Kennedy Center Opera House starting tonight through February 6th with four different ...
Theatre Life with Lisa Stephen Friday Interview Theatre Life with Lisa Stephen Friday
by Elliot Lanes - January 26, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Lisa Stephen Friday has a remarkable story to tell as she is currently living her theatre life as the writer and performer of Trans Am. The show begins performances at Keegan Theatre on January 29th and will run through February 26th....
Theatre Life with Kenny Seymour Interview Theatre Life with Kenny Seymour
by Elliot Lanes - January 05, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Kenny Seymour is currently living his theatre life being immersed with the Motown Sound as the Musical Supervisor and Arranger for the US National Tour of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations while still serving as the show’s Musical Director on Broadway. The tourin...
Theatre Life with Courtney Balan Interview Theatre Life with Courtney Balan
by Elliot Lanes - January 04, 2022, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Courtney Balan is currently living her theatre life on tour as the self-absorbed Broadway star Dee Dee Allen in the TOTALLY original musical The Prom.  The show plays through January 16th in the Eisenhower at The Kennedy Center. It will then continue on locally to The Hippodrome in B...
Theatre Life with William T. Newman Jr. Interview Theatre Life with William T. Newman Jr.
by Elliot Lanes - December 07, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject William T. Newman Jr. is currently living his theatre life portraying the esteemed African-American playwright August Wilson in How I Learned What I Learned at WSC Avant Bard. The production marks the company’s return to LIVE performances and runs through December 19th at Gunston Art...
Theatre Life with Arianna Rosario Interview Theatre Life with Arianna Rosario
by Elliot Lanes - November 01, 2021, Washington, DC

When Signature Theatre begins performances of Rent tomorrow, November second, it will have been 600 days exactly since it was forced to stop performing it’s theatrical greatness due to the pandemic. Today’s subject Arianna Rosario is currently living her theatre life playing Mimi Marquez in the prod...
Theatre Life with Morgan Siobhan Green Interview Theatre Life with Morgan Siobhan Green
by Elliot Lanes - October 25, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Morgan Siobhan Green is currently living her theatre life touring the country as Eurydice in the national tour of Hadestown which continues performing in the Opera House at Kennedy Center through October 31st. The production marks Ms. Green’s touring debut....
Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy Talk MAKS & VAL: STRIPPED DOWN Tour, DANCING WITH THE STARS Interview Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy Talk MAKS & VAL: STRIPPED DOWN Tour, DANCING WITH THE STARS & More!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - August 10, 2021, Washington, DC

Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy are back on stage with their 'Stripped Down' tour, showing audiences a whole new side of the dancing duo. Featuring dance, comedy, and personal stories from the lives of the Chmerkovskiy brothers, the Maks & Val: Stripped Down tour will make you laugh, cry, and everything i...
Theatre Life with Matthew Gardiner Interview Theatre Life with Matthew Gardiner
by Elliot Lanes - July 20, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Matthew Gardiner is a prime example of someone living their theatre life to the fullest. While he has directed and choreographed all over town and in Korea as well, by far the bulk of his career has been working at Signature Theatre. Since coming there in 2004, Matthew has either cho...
 Theatre Life with Adelina Mitchell Interview Theatre Life with Adelina Mitchell
by Elliot Lanes - June 21, 2021, Washington, DC

Sometimes a young artist makes a big impression on an ornery arts reviewer first time out of the box. Today’s subject Adelina Mitchell did just that to me and my wife a few years ago. More on that later on in the column. Now you can see her incredible talents for yourselves from the comfort of your ...
Theatre Life with Debbie Allen Interview Theatre Life with Debbie Allen
by Elliot Lanes - June 05, 2021, Washington, DC

Debbie Allen is one of those arts types that simply doesn’t fit into one category. I think it is safe to say she is an all-around goddess of the arts. Her list of achievements includes being directed by Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, choreographing the Osc...
Theatre Life with Beth Hylton Interview Theatre Life with Beth Hylton
by Elliot Lanes - May 27, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Beth Hylton is currently living her theatre life performing on your TVs and computer screens as the sole performer in Round House Theatre’s latest streaming production of Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up. The show is available for viewing through June 13th....
Theatre Life with Erin Driscoll Gardiner Interview Theatre Life with Erin Driscoll Gardiner
by Elliot Lanes - April 23, 2021, Washington, DC

You most likely know today’s subject Erin Driscoll Gardiner as a superb performer. Some of her most memorable performances over the years include the title role in Violet and Cinderella in Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre, many productions at Signature Theatre including a Helen Hayes Award winning p...
Theatre Life with Lileana Blain-Cruz Interview Theatre Life with Lileana Blain-Cruz
by Elliot Lanes - April 13, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Lileana Blain-Cruz is currently living her theatre life as the director of Signature Theatre’s latest Signature Features streaming offering entitled Daniel J.Watts’ The Jam: Only Child. The show recounts Watts’ life as the only child of a single mother. From the fierce growing pains ...
Jordan Friend of OLD SOUL at 4615 Theatre Company Interview Jordan Friend of OLD SOUL at 4615 Theatre Company
by Roger Catlin - February 23, 2021, Washington, DC

Jordan Friend of 4615 Theatre Company talks about his 'Old Soul,'an interactive Zoom call concert and monologue with real time audience feedback...
Theatre Life with Jenn Sheetz Interview Theatre Life with Jenn Sheetz
by Elliot Lanes - February 22, 2021, Washington, DC

Throughout this pandemic, theatre companies have found some creative ways to keep staff members employed. Today’s subject Jenn Sheetz is one of those fortunate artists that is living her theatre life as the Properties Manager at Arena Stage. She has held that position for the past three seasons a...
Theatre Life with Emily Skinner Interview Theatre Life with Emily Skinner
by Elliot Lanes - February 11, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Emily Skinner is currently living her theatre life in your living rooms as part of Signature Theatre’s streaming presentation of Simply Sondheim. The production is available through March 26th. Over the years, Emily has wowed audiences on Broadway and throughout the country. You m...
Theatre Life with Richard W. Kidwell Interview Theatre Life with Richard W. Kidwell
by Elliot Lanes - February 08, 2021, Washington, DC

Today’s subject Richard W. Kidwell has been living his theatre life in DC theatre professionally since1966. He has been the Theatre Manager at the Opera House at Kennedy Center since it’s very first performance back in 1971 which makes him one of if not the longest running employees working in the D...
Theatre Life with Lorraine Treanor Interview Theatre Life with Lorraine Treanor
by Elliot Lanes - December 28, 2020, Washington, DC

For the past fourteen years DC Theatre Scene has been the place to go locally to find out what’s what in the DC theatre community. Its Publisher and Editor Lorraine Treanor recently announced the site would stop publishing fresh content on December 31st and, with that, the DMV loses its liveliest lo...
Theatre Life with E. Faye Butler Interview Theatre Life with E. Faye Butler
by Elliot Lanes - October 22, 2020, Washington, DC

My fellow theatregoers! Ever since this pandemic began, we have been asking when and if will live theatre return to the DC area. I am happy to report that the answer is a resounding YES and it is going to happen sooner than you maybe thought it would....
Theatre Life with Renée Fleming Interview Theatre Life with Renée Fleming
by Elliot Lanes - September 26, 2020, Washington, DC

Renée Fleming's long and distinguished career includes performing in some of the world's most famous opera houses, performing on Broadway, and being heard on many recordings singing everything from arias to showtunes. Tonight Ms. Fleming will add another honor to her canon as she and Vanessa Will...
Marc Antolin On Entering the ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble Interview Marc Antolin On Entering the ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble
by Gil Kaan - September 18, 2020, Washington, DC

Emma Rice, the creator and leader of the UK theatre company Wise Children, has remounted the interrupted U.S. tour of her ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS. Wise Children will present a LIVE production of ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS (with dancing and kissing) livestreaming from the Bristol Old Vic stage September 22 thro...
Bursting Emma Rice's ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble Interview Bursting Emma Rice's ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble
by Gil Kaan - September 08, 2020, Washington, DC

Emma Rice, the creator and leader of the UK theatre company Wise Children, will virtually premiere her ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS months after live theatre was shuttered aborting their U. S. tour. The livestreaming from the Bristol Old Vic stage September 22 through 28 will benefit 30+ theatres worldwide, ...
Theatre Life with Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe Interview Theatre Life with Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe
by Elliot Lanes - August 27, 2020, Washington, DC

On September 16th, Arena Stage will unveil it's latest socially relevant docudrama. The 51st State will feature the work of several playwrights including today's subject Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe....
Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic Interview Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic
by Roger Catlin - August 04, 2020, Washington, DC

When Eugene Rogers became the fifth artistic director of The Washington Chorus in February, he wasn't counting on the worldwide pandemic to explode every plan just weeks later. Presenting a 200-person choir, shoulder to shoulder, mouths open was out of the question, even if they were emitting a glor...
Barbara Bear on Having To Live Life Without the Arts During a Pandemic from the Persp Interview Barbara Bear on Having To Live Life Without the Arts During a Pandemic from the Perspective of an Audience Member
by Elliot Lanes - May 18, 2020, Washington, DC

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic much has been written on the effects it has had on theatre companies around the world and the thousands of artists onstage and off that are unemployed until further notice. What hasn't been written about very much is the effect this pandemic has had on aud...
Rebecca Wahls, Rebecca Ballinger of REBECCA AND BECCA IN SPACE Interview Rebecca Wahls, Rebecca Ballinger of REBECCA AND BECCA IN SPACE
by Hannah Wing - May 12, 2020, Washington, DC

Movies and TV shows about space can be pretty serious, but DC area theatre artists Rebecca Wahls and Rebecca Ballinger (Becca) decided to take on the lighter side of space in their space-comedy web series, Rebecca and Becca in Space....